Research Projects Areas of Focus
Apply for funding to conduct research in the following areas:
- Apprenticeship, Transfer, and Labour Market Outcomes. ONCAT seeks research studies that use Statistics Canada’s Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS) and other linkages to examine pathways into registered apprenticeships, flows out of registered apprenticeships, and labour market outcomes.
Pathways into registered apprenticeships. The research team will empirically map pathways into apprenticeship programs, using the PSIS to examine what share of students enter apprenticeships from either pre-apprenticeship or other unrelated programs.
Flows out of registered apprenticeships. The research team will similarly examine flows out of registered apprenticeships and into other sectors of PSE.
Labour Market Outcomes. The research team will use available linkages to T1FF to explore the labor market outcomes of both abovementioned groups, post-completion of their PSE training.
- Transferability of PLAR. ONCAT seeks a research study to explore how institutions conduct and recognize PLAR resulting in advanced or transfer credits as part of the admissions process, and recommendations for Ontario institutions.
- Transfer+Industry-Based Professional Development. A review of existing pathways between industry-based professional development and PSE programs.
- Transfer with Indigenous Institutes. ONCAT seeks an exploration of the current state of transfer within Indigenous Institutes and between Indigenous Institutes and other postsecondary institutions in Ontario.
- Post-Transfer Integration. ONCAT seeks a large-scale qualitative exploration of the types of challenges transfer students face after transitioning into institutions.
- Mental Health Supports for Transfer Students. ONCAT seeks an exploration of the relationship between the transfer experience and mental health issues, as well as the unique challenges faced by transfer students with mental health needs.
- Policy to Practice Analysis. An analysis of institutional uptake of national protocols and approaches related to transfer (e.g., ARUCC-PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Guide, CMEC Pan-Canadian Protocol, etc.) and their impact on the Ontario postsecondary educational institutions.
- Transfer+Student Information Systems. An analysis of Student Information Systems in use across Ontario PSE, along with their capacity to track transfer student data (e.g., PeopleSoft, Workday, Salesforce, other SISs), and the actual usage of such capacities by staff.
- COVID-19 Impacts on Transfer Student Flows. ONCAT seeks an analysis of changes to patterns in application, enrollment, and how transfer credits are awarded due to COVID-19.
How were transfer applications/enrollments at an institution (or collective of institutions) affected by COVID-19? Did the sources, demographic composition, or some other aspect of transfer students change during the summer or fall of 2020 (relative to previous years)?
What was the impact of COVID-19 on transfer students’ program selection, course load (e.g., PT/FT), or other preferences once enrolled at an institution (or collective of institutions)?
Did changes in course delivery impact the academic performance or retention of transfer students vs. direct-entry students? What was the estimated treatment effect of this disruption on grades, graduation rates, or some other KPI?
Applicants should have expertise in the quantitative methods outlined in their proposal, normally evidenced through peer-reviewed publications employing such methods.
At the time of application, applicants should have written support from senior leadership at their home institution (e.g., VPA or equivalent signing authority), or collective, to lead this sort of project on behalf of their institution. Such a letter of support should commit to granting the research team access to required administrative data, conditional on REB approval.
Employer Response to Transfer Trajectories: An Audit Study. OCAT is soliciting proposals from research teams wishing to design and lead an audit study that examines employers' response to the presence of transfer trajectories on resumes. In particular, we are interested in understanding differences in call-back rates (for interviews) for fictitious individuals with direct entry and transfer trajectories on their resumes.
- An Assessment of Transfer Information on Ontario College, Indigenous Institute, and University Websites. ONCAT is accepting applications from research teams wishing to perform a systematic analysis of transfer-related information available on the webpages of Ontario colleges and universities. Of particular interes are automated methods that objectively evaluate the readability of website text by average students.
- Publicly assisted postsecondary institutions in Ontario (Colleges, Universities, and Indigenous Institutes), not-for-profit organizations, and postsecondary education researchers working in the field of postsecondary education in Ontario are eligible to apply.
- Applications can be from individual institutions or collaborative initiatives.
- Grants are between $10,000 and $100,000. Additional funding will be considered depending on the scope and type of project.
- Deadline for applications: January 18, 2021.
- To apply for funding, submit your application to ONCAT’s grant portal: www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=oncat
- If you would like to discuss your project before applying, please reach out to Roger Pizarro Milian, Senior Researcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 640.6951 x309.
To be considered for funding, proposals must include the following:
- Clear scope and Sound Methods: Proposals should articulate clear research questions and a detailed research plan that outlines data sources, research approaches, and techniques.
- Strong Rationale: Proposals must demonstrate how the knowledge being generated can inform policies, pathways, and institutional practices around student mobility in Ontario. Proposals should explain how the research will contribute to the literature on student mobility and how it can serve as a sector resource for developing a more seamless postsecondary education system in Ontario.
- Research Capacity: Proposals must demonstrate a clear capacity to conduct the research and an appropriate research team.
- Knowledge Mobilization Strategies: Proposals should include an overview of knowledge mobilization strategies during the course of the project and how research findings will be shared and possibly implemented.
- Budget: Submissions must include a clear and realistic budget that aligns with the proposed activities.
- Ethics Review (if applicable): Submissions should include timelines for Research Ethics Board approval for projects involving human participants; such approval may also be required for institutional research involving multiple institutional partners and/or access to institutional data/records.
Reports and Check-ins
ONCAT is committed to learning with its partners and values open and ongoing communication. If you are successful in receiving a grant, the following check-ins and reporting are required:
- An interim update and financial report.
- Check-ins on the project as needed (via email and/or in person).
- A final report and detailed financial statement.
- Presentations (if needed) during knowledge mobilization events.
ONCAT Project Budget Guidelines
Please refer to the following guidelines when developing your budget.
- Includes salaries, honoraria, and stipends, specified by rate and time.
- In cases where a faculty member’s time on the project will affect workload, and/or a teaching release is required to provide backfill for the faculty member or academic administrator involved in this project, ONCAT will fund the hiring of a part-time instructor at the college/university/Indigenous institute at the institution’s per semester rate. Please be clear in the workplan and ‘core team’ sections of your application of the anticipated time commitment of each person, especially where support for backfill is being requested.
- Senior academic administration (decanal or above) and full-time administration with responsibilities including academic partnerships, program development, and/or transfer credit should be considered in-kind contributions.
- Includes direct costs for materials and supplies related to this project.
- ONCAT will not pay for permanent fixtures (for example: laptops, computers, permanent software purchases, and so forth). ONCAT will pay for costs specifically and solely related to the project, such as temporary software licenses (i.e., fluid survey).
Travel and Accommodation
- If applicable, this includes any travel and accommodations necessary to conducting project activities. Please be clear in the workplan where travel is needed and include in the budget a breakdown of number of trips and duration. Use of teleconferencing or other cost-effective means to reduce travel-related costs are highly encouraged.
- For travel-related expenses, ONCAT abides by the Government of Ontario Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive. Please see the following link: https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/documents/5019/ontario-travel-directive-effective-january-1.pdf
- This is generally calculated at no more than 20% of the request for funding to ONCAT and is intended to cover activities such as overall project administration by the project lead institution, use of space and resources, and so forth.
- ONCAT will not duplicate any funding received from the Credit Transfer Innovation Grant. If you have sought and received funding through the CTIG for this project or any positions requested for funding, this project will be deemed ineligible for funding. Please note: ONCAT may request revisions to project budgets subject to CTIG funding decisions.
- ONCAT will not cover expenses related to academic program or transfer pathway delivery.
- For applications that include an online component, the online development will not be eligible for ONCAT funding and will be at the expense of the institution(s). Please refer to eCampusOntario for possible support.
- ONCAT will not cover expenses not directly and clearly related to the project activities and goals as outlined in the application and workplan.